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On ballot for final time, Tim Raines hopes for Hall entry
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MONTREAL (AP) -- The 1982 All-Star Game at Olympic Stadium was the first outside the United States, the host Montreal Expos giving the event a distinctive international flair....

Bagwell's Hall of Fame wait likely to end after 7 years
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HOUSTON (AP) -- Jeff Bagwell spent a career putting up huge stats, the kind that often get posted on plaques in Cooperstown. In a few days, the former Astros slugger might well hit the big number he needs to reach the Hall of Fame....

Arrieta, Harper, Machado, Britton get big-money deals
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, Washington star Bryce Harper and Baltimore standouts Manny Machado and Zach Britton got big-money deals Friday as more than 100 major leaguers reached agreements for 2017 and left just 27 players on track for salary arbitration....

Arrieta skipping White House trip, cites family reasons
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CHICAGO (AP) -- When the World Series champion Chicago Cubs visit President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday, star pitcher Jake Arrieta won't be with them....

Rockies' Arenado agrees to $29.5 million, 2-year contract
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DENVER (AP) -- Nolan Arenado shies away from talk about his big numbers, whether that topic is his gaudy statistics or his big, new contract....

Harper, Nationals avoid arbitration with $13.6M deal for '17
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals agreed to a $13,625,000 contract for 2017, avoiding arbitration and more than doubling the slugging outfielder's salary two years before he can become a free agent for the first time....

Keuchel, Astros agree to $9.15 million, 1-year contract
HOUSTON (AP) -- Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros avoided salary arbitration when the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner agreed Friday to a $9.15 million, one-year contract following a subpar season....

World Series champion Cubs to visit White House on Monday
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CHICAGO (AP) -- President Barack Obama will welcome the World Series champion Chicago Cubs at the White House on Monday, just five days before he leaves office....

Seattle acquires Drew Smyly as it makes pair of trades
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SEATTLE (AP) -- Jerry Dipoto's 11th trade this offseason rounded out the Seattle Mariners roster with his top target....

Seattle pulls off another trade in deal with Atlanta
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Mariners have made yet another trade, acquiring right-hander Shae Simmons and outfielder Mallex Smith from the Atlanta Braves for left-handed pitching prospects Luiz Gohara and Thomas Burrows....